A family law firm has found that up to one in five people use surveillance equipment to spy on their spouse during divorce proceedings.
Maguire Family Law revealed to The Independent that the use of surveillance evidence is increasingly common in divorce proceedings.
James Maguire, chief executive of the law firm, said that more often than not it is men who register their partners secretly, rather than women, “I often saw that a man used secret recordings to ‘prove’ something. thing, like an affair, he’s the injured party or it’s just controlling and invasive.
However, he revealed that some of his clients also used this equipment, but for a completely different reason.
“Women record, sometimes for the same reasons, but the overall goal is to protect themselves, that is, to obtain evidence of violent or abusive behavior,” he said.
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James cautioned that no matter what the intention, recording your partner rarely has positive results. “For the person who feels the need to register their partner, it can make their fears or anxiety worse. If you are looking for something, you will find it. “
“And then for the person who is registered, it can sometimes be a real shock to the system. Maybe their confidence was at a reasonable level and it’s crumbling. This leads to more animosity. For both parties, the result is always negative.
James also revealed that many men who use these devices seem determined to uncover a secret affair, whether there is one or not. “It seems to be a default position for some but not all men, so there has to be an affair.”
He then described some of the many surveillance equipment he witnessed: “Spouses use tracking devices, dash cameras, and install spyware on cell phones. Some are quite sophisticated.
Another lawyer for the firm confirmed that this surveillance tactic was not new and that they had seen similar problems arise due to secret recordings over the past decades.
“Many examples over three decades of husbands secretly recording what is going on in the bedroom with their wives and then using it to blackmail them. Back then it was VHS or camcorders, but now it’s a lot easier.
While this can be a popular tactic in divorce proceedings, it should be noted that covert surveillance opens up another complicated legal situation, as it is often an invasion of privacy and secret recordings are usually not not admissible in court.